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: The Cardiff Musical Society (Season 1927-1928): The Fourth Concert

Relayed from the Park Hall, Cardiff.
"Messiah" (Handel): Part II
Stiles Allen (Soprano); Astra Desmond (Contralto); Parry Jones (Tenor); Joseph Farrington (Bass)
The Choir of the Cardiff Musical Society
The Augmented Station Symphony Orchestra
(Leader: Leonard Busfield)
Conducted by Warwick Braithwaite

Chorus, "Behold the Lamb of God"
Air, "He was despised"
Chorus, "Surely He hath borne our griefs"
Chorus, "And with His stripes"
Chorus, "All we like sheep"
Recit, "All they that see Him"
Chorus, "He trusted in God"
Recit. "Thy rebuke hath broken His heart"
Air, "Behold, and see"
Recit, "He was cut off"
Air, "But Thou did'st not leave"
Chorus, "Lift up your heads"
Chorus, "The Lord gave the word"
Air, "How beautiful are the feet"
Chorus, "Their sound is gone out"
Air, "Why do the Nations?"
Chorus, "Let us break their bonds asunder"
Recit, "He that dwelleth in Heaven"
Air, "Thou shalt break them"
Chorus, "Hallelujah"


Soprano: Stiles Allen
Contralto: Astra Desmond
Tenor: Parry Jones
Bass: Joseph Farrington
Singers: The Choir of the Cardiff Musical Society
Musicians: The Augmented Station Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra leader: Leonard Busfield
Conductor: Warwick Braithwaite

: S.B. from London

(9.10 Local Announcements)

: Cardiff Musical Society Concert


'Requiem' (Verdi)
'Grant them', and Kyrie (Requiem o Kyrie) (Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Bass and Chorus)
Day of anger (Dies irae) (Four Solo Parts and Chorus)
Day of anger (Chorus)
Hark the trumpet (Tuba mirum) (Chorus)
Now the record (Liber Scriptus) (Mezzo-Soprano and Chorus)
What affliction (Quid sum miser) (Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano and Tenor)
King of Glories (Rex Tremendæ) (Quartet and Chorus)
Ah! remember (Recordare) (Soprano and Mezzo-Soprano)
Sadly groaning guilty feeling (Ingemisco) (Solo Tenor)
From the accursed (Confutatis) (Solo Bass)
Ah! what weeping (Lacrymosa) (Quartet and Chorus)
Oh, Lord God (Domine Jesu) (Offertory for Soprano, Mezzo - Soprano, Tenor and Bass)
Holy (Sanctus) (Fugue for Two Choirs)
Lamb of God (Agnus Dei) (Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano and Chorus)
Light Eternal (Lux Aeternal) (Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor and Bass)
Lord, deliver my soul (Libera me) (Solo for Soprano, Chorus and Final Fugue)

When, in 1873, Manzoni, the great Italian writer, died, Verdi (then aged sixty) wrote this Requiem Mass in his memory. The work was first heard in England two years later, when the composer conducted the Royal Choral Society in it.
The Southern warmth of emotion and dramatic fire of the music distinguish the Mass from the majority of older settings. There is little benefit in making easy comparisons between the spirit of this music and that of the sacred works of Bach, Handel and Beethoven. It is best to listen to it without too rigid a conception of what sacred music should be. Whatever its divergences from the common outlook, its picturesque and often flamboyant ideas will bo felt to be sincere and powerful.

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